In this first English translation of Paratexts, Gérard Genette offers a global view of Richard Macksey’s foreword situates Genette in contemporary literary theory. Cambridge Core – Literary Theory – Paratexts – by Gerard Genette. Paratext is a concept in literary interpretation. The main text of published authors is often Literary theorist Gérard Genette defines paratext as those things in a published work that accompany the text, things such as the author’s name, the title.

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Buy the selected items together This item: Tables of contents running heads. Genette is interested in the relationship between books and readers—and, at times, in how other discourses by authors and publishers stand between books and readers.

Here it stands as a welcome, provocative, and articulate theorization of the relationship between the features of the publication-publicisation process that can be found in a literary work and the influence that these features can have upon readers. The semiofficial allographic epitext. This seems straight forward enough. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.


The publishers peritext Formats Series. Critical theory Literary theory Narratology. Paratexts are those liminal devices and conventions, both within and outside the book, that form part of the complex mediation between book, author, publisher, and reader: Unpacking the paratextual dynamics of “the cover and its appendages,” for example, Genette distinguishes four book covers: Then quoting Philippe LejeuneGenette further describes paratext as “a fringe of the printed text which in reality controls one’s whole reading of the text”.

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Romanticism on the Net no. But can paratexts subtly influence the reader’s potential to read against the grain? But a device as seemingly innocuous as a book’s ISBN: A book about the “liminal devices It is also the boundary itself, the screen which is a permeable membrane connecting inside and outside.

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Paratexts 1 While Paratexts is a hand list of the above and other terms catalogued in PalimpsestsGenette intends “paratext” to communicate the ambiguity of the prefix “para. LewinRichard Macksey. Read more Read less. Channa Newman and Claude Doubinsky Lincoln: Lewin’s translation—her fourth of a book-length work of Genette’s—is impressive in its stylistic and tonal faithfulness to Genette’s erudite and playful French.


Paratext is most often associated with booksas they typically include a cover with associated cover arttitle, front matter dedication, opening information, forewordback matter endpapers, colophon footnotes, and many other materials not crafted by the author.

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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. The epitext, then, denotes elements “outside” the bound volume—public or private elements such as interviews, reviews, correspondence, diaries etc.

University of Nebraska, pp. Genette also explores the function of the spine of the book and dust jacket in this section—paratexts that contain several of the same elements gentte on the covers. Genette goes into a lot of detail yet his explanations are always very clear.

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